Our sentence is up.
Grant Morrison, The Invisibles
This is a working prototype
of 4D printing—printing in the fourth
dimension. Printing spacetime. Writing
in the past so Future You
can hold it in your hand.
We asked for spacetime as filament,
like ABS or PLA extruded to
We said: Get on it, science!
We said: Get on it, magick!
See who gets there first.
Instead we have ink.
It’s the accidental happenstance
of the universe poking through.
God from the machine.
Printing an object, an idea,
where and when you want it
is a little far off, but this is a start.
The best evidence we have against
time travel, against printing in 4D,
is that we are still here,
that time and memory and ideas
and people still exist, that we
haven’t written ourselves
out of the past.
Ricki Cummings is writer currently living in Chicago. Their work has been published in Vallum, Calibanonline, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Columbia Poetry Review, and has been shortlisted for Vallum’s Award for Poetry. They have just received their MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago.
To view other content published in this issue, 14:1, please visit Vallum’s website.
Vallum magazine is also available in digital format. Featuring additional content such as: AUDIO and VIDEO recordings of selected poets, further poems, interviews, essays, and MORE!